With over $30,000 worth in prizes from e-on software, Nvidia, Wacom, HP, Pixologic, Cornucopia3D, Geekatplay, AsileFX, QuadSpinner, and Routledge, this competition represents a unique chance to win an extensive set of 3D tools and resources!
Main Category Winner:
Worth over $17,000:
Main Category First runner up:
Worth over $8,000:
Main Category Second runner up:
Worth over $4,000:
E-on Academic Category Winner:
Worth over $4,000 per team member:
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Each of the finalists will receive a $25 voucher at Cornucopia3D, as well as 1 Tutorial Pack of their choice from the GeekAtPlay store.
E-on software is the leading developer of solutions for the creation, animation, rendering and integration of natural 3D environments (VUE, PlantFactory, CloudFactory Ozone and Carbon Scatter). E-on software products are used worldwide by the film, television, architecture, game, science, educational and entertainment industries.
E-on software products were used in feature films such as "Dr Strange," "Kubo and the 2 Strings," "Jupiter Ascending," "Minions," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "The Croods," "Dragons 1&2," "Hunger Games," "Hugo," "Tintin," "Super 8," "Thor," "Avatar," "Clash of the Titans," "Sucker Punch," "Despicable Me 1&2," "The Wolf Man," "2012," "Lovely Bones," "GI Joe – The Rise of the Cobra," "Land of the Lost," "Terminator 4, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Indiana Jones 4," "Monster Vs Aliens," "Australia," "The Spiderwick Chronicles," "KungFu Panda," "Pirates of the Caribbean 2" and TV series such as "Spartacus," "Smallville," "Battlestar Gallactica," "Caprica," "Stargate Atlantis," "Stargate Continuum," "The Vampire Diaries" and more.
Read more on these stories in e-on software's Spotlights section: www.e-onsoftware.com/spotlight.
VUE xStream - The Integrated Solution
VUE xStream offers professional CG artists a complete toolset for creating and rendering exceptionally rich and realistic natural environments in 3ds Max, Maya, LightWave, Cinema 4D and Softimage.
Access all the power of the world's leading 3D Digital Nature solution directly from within your favorite application. Create and edit beautifully detailed natural environments using your application's standard manipulators.
Render everything together inside 3ds Max, Maya, LightWave, Cinema 4D or Softimage, with full interaction between VUE and native elements, including 2-way mutual shadow casting, reflection, refraction and GI.
PlantFactory Producer - The Solution for Production Studios
Author fully animated 3D plants in concert with your production workflow.
With expanded collaboration and compositing capabilities, advanced artistic control and dependable productivity, PlantFactory Producer is the perfect solution for demanding production studios.
For more information about e-on software, visit www.e-onsoftware.com.
NVIDIA Corporation is a market leader in visual computing technology dedicated to creating products that enhance the interactive experience on consumer and professional computing platforms. Its graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer digital-media PCs, enterprise PCs, professional workstations, digital content creation systems, notebook PCs, military navigation systems and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 9,000 people worldwide.
NVIDIA Quadro M6000 – 24 GB
Get real interactive expression with NVIDIA Quadro—the world's most powerful workstation graphics. The NVIDIA Quadro M6000 24GB, accelerated by NVIDIA's Maxwell™ GPU architecture, lets you conquer your most challenging visualization workloads with ease and enjoy interactive physically based rendering of your work. 24GB of GDDR5 GPU memory with ultra-fast bandwidth allows you to create and render large, complex models and compute massive datasets. Plus, there's the all-new display engine that drives up to four 4K resolution displays natively with DisplayPort 1.2 support for ultra-high resolutions like 4096 x 2160 at 60 Hz with 30-bit color. Synchronize multiple displays across systems with the Quadro Sync board and accelerate data transfer with external I/O boards through GPU Direct™ for Video and dual copy engines.
NVIDIA Quadro P5000
The NVIDIA Quadro P5000 combines the latest GPU, memory and display technologies, resulting in outstanding performance and breakthrough capabilities. Professionals across a range of industries can now create their most complex designs, solve the most challenging visualization problems and experience their creations within the most detailed, lifelike and immersive VR environments. Additionally, you can create massive digital signage solutions by connecting multiple P5000s via Quadro Sync II.
NVIDIA Quadro P4000
The new NVIDIA VR Ready Quadro P4000 combines a 1792 CUDA Core Pascal GPU, large 8GB GDDR5 memory and advanced display technologies to deliver the performance and features that are required by demanding professional applications. The ability to create an expansive visual workspace of up to four 5K displays (5120 x 2880 at 60Hz) with HDR color support lets you view your creations in stunning detail. The P4000 is specially designed with the performance necessary to drive immersive VR environments. Additionally, you can create massive digital signage solutions by connecting multiple P4000s via Quadro Sync II.
NVIDIA® Iray® is a highly interactive and intuitive physically based rendering technology that generates photorealistic imagery by simulating the physical behavior of light and materials. Unlike traditional production renderers, Iray delivers results reflecting real-world behaviors. Designers don't need expert knowledge of computer graphics techniques to quickly achieve photorealistic results.
Iray progressively refines its image until completion, providing consistent results from interactive editing to final frame. It's a highly predictive approach that marries with the scalable, world-class performance across NVIDIA GPUs to give constant feedback and rapid results. This slashes the time needed to perfect scenes and deliver images rivaling photographs.
For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.nvidia.com
HP has been a leading innovator in the Media & Entertainment industry for over 75 years – from its very first product through to recently being honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its HP DreamColor Display technology.
HP Z Workstations have become the world's leading high-performance, ultra-reliable workstations – earning the trust of even the most demanding film and broadcast customers. To further meet modern demands such as 8K editing and grading, high frame rates, HDR, VR & AR, HP Z Workstations offer a range of products that are certified and tested with leading software in the Media & Entertainment industry.
ZBook Studio G4
Built for creative visionaries, the HP ZBook Studio offers desktop workstation power, in a sleek, light, stunning mobile design.
Learn more from www8.hp.com/us/en/workstations/overview.html.
For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.hp.com
Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. It is the world's leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays, and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom's intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality. The company also offers its products as OEM solutions to leading manufacturers serving incremental markets. Wacom's interface technology, called Wacom Feel IT technologies, is also offered as an integrated solution to strategic partners. Most tablet device and PC manufacturers count on the advanced features and reliability to deliver a superior user interface experience.
Wacom Intuos Pro
Redefining the professional standard in creative pen tablets.
Built with high quality materials and designed to make the most of the amazing Wacom Pro Pen 2, Wacom Intuos Pro is our finest creative pen tablet to date. Connect Wacom Intuos Pro to your Mac or Windows PC with USB or built-in Bluetooth, install drivers, and you're ready to start work directly in the software of your choice. With the Wacom Pro Pen 2, you can sketch with 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity (in supported software) on the tablet surface and see your creations brilliantly come to life on screen. Start creating your next stand-out project.
Wacom Cintiq Pro 13"
Create directly on screen with our most natural pen experience ever.
Wacom Cintiq Pro 13 is the most advanced creative pen display, in the smallest form factor. It's built for professional artists and designers who want to feel a direct, pen-on-screen connection to their work. Packed with our latest innovations and featuring the incredibly accurate Wacom Pro Pen 2, Wacom Cintiq Pro 13 may be compact, but it's not compromised.
Wacom Cintiq Pro 16"
Create directly on screen with our most natural pen experience ever.
Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 offers the latest Wacom Pro Pen 2 and screen technology – and more space to connect to your work. Whether you work on Mac or PC, Wacom Cintiq Pro is our most advanced creative pen display, built for professional artists and designers.
Cintiq 27QHD Creative Pen&Touch Display
Tools might transform, but artistry remains. The Cintiq 27QHD creative pen & touch display sets a new standard in color and resolution.
The most natural forms of creative expression meet an advanced interface design that re-imagines the creative workflow so you don't have to adapt to the tool—the tool adapts to you. Work with hands-on fluidity as you create with a pressure-sensitive pen and multi-touch gestures directly on an expansive edge-less glass display.
For more information about Wacom, please visit www.wacom.com
Founded in 1997, Pixologic Incorporated develops and markets innovative software tools for the film and video, games, graphic design and illustration markets.
ZBrush is a graphic application aimed at simplifying the science behind generating computer graphics.
ZBrush appeals to a wide audience by providing empowering tools that give users intuitive and visual control over the digital images they create. By providing a unique synthesis of 2D and 3D capabilities in a single stand-alone tool, ZBrush collapses economic and ease-of-use barriers to creating stunning images.
ZBrush 4R7 + Upgrade to 4R8
ZBrush is a digital sculpting and painting program that has revolutionized the 3D industry with its powerful features and intuitive workflows.
Built within an elegant interface, ZBrush offers the world's most advanced tools for today's digital artists.
With an arsenal of features that have been developed with usability in mind, ZBrush creates a user experience that feels incredibly natural while simultaneously inspiring the artist within. With the ability to sculpt up to a billion polygons, ZBrush allows you to create limited only by your imagination.
ZBrushCore®, a streamlined version of ZBrush, has been designed for all artists and enthusiasts of both traditional and digital art. At its heart, ZBrushCore functions the same as ZBrush. Every skill and technique learned and applied in ZBrushCore will carry over seamlessly to ZBrush.
ZBrushCore is designed for users who are new to 3D as well as illustrators, students and 3D printing enthusiasts.
Learn more about ZBrushCore: http://zbrushcore.com/
For more information about Pixologic, please visit www.pixologic.com
QuadSpinner changes the boundaries of possibility in environment design. The intuitive tools and technologies we develop provide artists and studios major leaps in expediency and realism. The company started in 2008 after spending time in Costa Rica, part of what became our first field expedition. Fascinated by the layered landscapes, we began to create believable nature products for 3D artists. That quickly led to producing video trainings and to the release of Dax Pandhi's best-seller Realism in VUE. We have trained thousands of artists worldwide.
In parallel, we set out to fill an industry void for artist-friendly software. We developed Helios, an atmosphere plug-in for VUE; and then focused on terrains, launching GeoGlyph, a plug-in for World Machine. GeoGlyph is used by AAA and indie studios around the world to create iconic environments in games, movies, advertising, as well as architectural visualizations.
GeoGlyph 2 - Shape the World
GeoGlyph 2 introduces the first professional grade IDE for digital environments and a brand a new terrain synthesis engine for World Machine.
This major upgrade catapults innovation across 4 core areas: erosion, geological effects, color production, and the UI.
GeoGlyph's color tools can learn color patterns from a photograph, then allows you to pre- and post-process color gradients generated from the image.
For more information about Quadspinner, visit www.quadspinner.com.
For over 25 years, Geekatplay Studio have involved in both film and computer assisted design and art. As the two fields have merged, their craft has been refined and enhanced, greatly increasing Geekatplay's ability to deliver a the high quality, cutting edge products that have made them so popular.
The formula for a successful media project demands creativity. GeekAtPlay brings the creativity with skill and talent to match. Whatever your project needs, let GeekAtPlay show you how they can make your business a huge success.
Following are just a few of the services they offer: 3D Environments, Film Production, Motion Graphics, Compositing, 3D Modeling, 3D Animation, Training and Tutorial Creation, Special Effects, Concept Art, Illustration, Matte Painting, Scene Lighting, Rendering, Voice Over, Script Writing, Story Boarding, Podcast Production, etc... If you don't see your need in the list, just ask.
With team members locally and from around the globe, they can scale production to match any budget and need.
GeekAtPlay Studio offers $500/$250/$100 vouchers to the 3D Environment Competition winners, applicable to its entire training titles store.
For more information about GeekatPlay Studio, visit www.geekatplay.com.
Routledge - The Filmmaker's Guide to Visual Effects
The Art and Techniques of VFX for Directors, Producers, Editors and Cinematographers.
The Filmmaker's Guide to Visual Effects offers a practical, detailed guide to visual effects for non-VFX specialists working in film and television. In contemporary filmmaking and television production, visual effects are used extensively in a wide variety of genres and formats to contribute to visual storytelling, help deal with production limitations, and reduce budget costs. Yet for many directors, producers, editors, and cinematographers, visual effects remain an often misunderstood aspect of media production. In this book, award-winning VFX supervisor and instructor Eran Dinur introduces readers to visual effects from the filmmaker's perspective, providing a comprehensive guide to conceiving, designing, budgeting, planning, shooting, and reviewing VFX, from pre-production through post-production.
For more information about The Filmmaker's Guide to Visual Effects, visit www.erandinur.com/book.
Founded in 2005 by Nicholas Pellegrino, asileFX offers hundreds of hours of software training, thousands of seamless textures, and a wide selection of 3D assets for VUE.
AsileFX offers $400/$250/$100 vouchers to the 3D Environment Competition winners, applicable to its entire training titles store.
For more information about AsileFX, visit www.asilefx.com.
Cornucopia3D is an online community dedicated to CG art and the e-on software products. At Cornucopia3D, users will find all sorts of resources to improve their experience with 3D and all e-on software applications (VUE, Plant Factory, LumenRT, Carbon Scatter and Ozone).
This community was born with a simple but important goal in mind: to provide the most comfortable, helpful, up-to-date and enjoyable online community for all 3D users.
With the above intentions in mind, we wish for Cornucopia3D to become a meeting point where experienced users can share, newbies can learn, and everybody can enjoy their stay.
Whether you're creating extensive digital landscapes or tiny gardens, room interiors or flights of science-fiction fantasy, you love VUE... and you love the quality of content you can find at Cornucopia3D.
Our philosophy is to give you great value for money, and now you can get even more with our Cornucopia3D Membership Program! By becoming a Cornucopia3D Member, you will have access to great discounts and special content; special prices on training materials and books; offers on modules and other add-ons for VUE, and an exclusive member forum and a gallery for your work!
For more information about the C-Club, please visit: www.cornucopia3d.com/cclub.
Cornucopia3D is also offering all finalists a $25 voucher on C3D Content.
For more information about Cornucopia 3D, visit www.cornucopia3d.com.
ArtStation is the showcase platform for games, film, media & entertainment artists. It enables artists to showcase their portfolios in a slick way, discover & stay inspired, and connect with new opportunities.
ArtStation continues to build its artist-focused platform with the recent release of ArtStation Pro subscriptions which supercharge ArtStation accounts enabling custom domain names, password-protected pages, Pro website themes, larger Marmoset 3D Viewer uploads, improved artist visibility and more!
For more information about ArtStation, visit www.artstation.com/pro.
CG Channel is an online destination for entertainment artists, covering markets including visual effects, animation, game development and illustration. Our mission is to inform, inspire and empower our readers. For over a decade, CG Channel has served the entertainment production industry with news, features and community services.
For more information about CG Channel, visit www.CGChannel.com.
The CGSociety is the leading online provider of information on everything to do with digital art, computer graphics, animation and digital visual effects. Updating news on a daily basis, our global editorial team is committed to keeping you informed about every aspect of our rapidly changing digital world.
For more information about CG Society, please visit: www.cgsociety.org.
3D Artist is an authoritative and well-respected source of inspiration for those working or aspiring to be working in the CGI industry. Every product in the 3D Artist portfolio features guides for awe-inspiring images, interviews and career advice from industry insiders and behind-the-scenes access on major 3D projects. 3D Artist covers all software and disciplines.
- Unrivalled industry coverage – the 3D user's bible
- Pristine consumer advice for cutting-edge products
- Expert guides created by leading 3D artists
- Powerful, hyperactive community
3DArtist magazine offers all three winners a one year subscription.
For more information about 3DArtist magazine, visit www.3dartistonline.com.
Called "the MIT of visual effects" by Fast Company magazine, we offer an unrivaled experience for our students and boast a 2016 employment rate of 100% and 93% for our vocational programs.
For over fifteen years, Gnomon has educated many of the world's best digital artists. Gnomon offers a variety of educational options to help students reach their goals in the entertainment industry, with full-time two- and three-year programs, specialized courses for high school students and over 100 individual courses for professional enrichment.
For more information about Gnomon, visit www.Gnomon.edu.
Bournemouth University (BU) has come a long way in a short amount of time and they currently have more than 17,000 students of which 1,500 are international students from around 130 countries.
They have a strong professional orientation with a focus on academic excellence and graduate employability. By way of illustration, they are recognised as the only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice in the UK and graduates from the National Centre for Computer Animation have worked in Hollywood on such films as Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Star Wars, Madagascar and King Kong.
Bournemouth University has an excellent reputation among students, their parents and staff in colleges and schools. They have strengthened this reputation and have considered what Bournemouth University should be like in the future. As a result, they are building on their strengths, while developing new professionally relevant areas, investing more than £100 million in staff and facilities, and reorganising to maintain our focus on academic excellence.
For more information about Bournemouth University, visit www1.bournemouth.ac.uk.
Ecole George Méliès
Ecole Georges Méliès was founded in 1999 by Frank Petitta. Located in Orly, near Paris, it offers a five-year Master's Degree program in animation in traditional and digital movies.
The focus of the school is on the creativity process and the technical skills to support students' creativity.
The school partners with innovative studios and invests in incubators to provide innovative talent for the industry. Every year more than 85 percent of graduates are successfully placed in movie and gaming studios around the world. A wide range of alumni have collaborated in the creation of movies such as The Minions, Moana, Frozen, and Kung Fu Panda.
For more information, visit: www.ecolegeorgesmelies.com